Today, Borough President Gale A. Brewer hosted an open house for community-based business owners to learn about government contracting and New York City’s programs for Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs). Brewer sponsored the event in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office and the NYC Dept. of Small Business Services.
“New York City has one of the largest municipal budgets in the world, and we have the most minority-owned businesses of any city in America — so we have a tremendous opportunity to leverage our city’s business to empower communities of color and women,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “My colleagues in the administration are hard at work creating new opportunities for MWBEs, but we need to get the word out for them to succeed. That’s why events like this one are so important — connecting business owners to the information and contacts they need to get started.”
The event featured keynote remarks from Borough President Brewer, Counsel to the Mayor Maya Wiley, and Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop, followed by a brief information session led by staff from the Department of Small Business Services and other agencies.
Before and after the speaking program, procurement officers and representatives from more than a dozen city and state government agencies answered local businesses’ questions about city and state contract opportunities, and experts shared information on MWBE purchasing programs, official certifications, and the bidding process. Read more…
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